The number of English words is finite, whereas the number of human ideas is infinite. So words are recycled to refer to different ideas in different contexts. Questions are NOT stupid. Clarification is crucial.
This happens in physics and mathematics, terms like integrals, integrable or integrability, constants, symmetry all have loaded meanings. Even in Axiom, overloading (or polymorphisms) are common. So what exactly does "addition" or the symbol + refer to?
That is not a stupid question at all.
Relax, and keep asking!
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